I have always enjoyed Cold Spring for a tri tip sandwich, a drink and good music- but it had been ages since I ate a proper meal there, and having guests in town gave us the perfect excuse to go. There were 4 adults, 2 teens- a pre teen and three 3 yr olds.
I made a reservation- explained how many kids we would have- and they gave a us a great table with a view of the ferns and oaks. Because it was a Wedesday, it wasn't too busy. Our server, as well as the bartender were relaxed and very knowledgeable- (we had 2 allergies to wheat and gluten at the table). I was entirely pleased with our experience.
We enjoyed a great round of top notch cocktails- a great appetizer platter (tiger shrimp/pasta, venison stuffed mushrooms, fried artichoke hearts and toast points), house salads (lots of grated carrot!). Finally we dug into filet, ono, pepper steak, with 5 kid ny steaks and 1 pasta. Dessert was vanilla ice cream and cheesecake.
I think the only bummer was a table sat behind us about 1/2 way thru, and they knocked over their lantern- and the aroma wasn't plesant. I can guarantee you, they haven't dusted since 1989- but it really added to the charm. Our whole party enjoyed the evening, and eatting at 6pm gave us some twighlight to enjoy on the way back into the Valley.
If I could recommend one thing- for those coming from Santa Barbara side- drive past the Stagecoach Rd/Left exit on top of the Pass- go forward for several miles and take Paradise Rd to the right- and in less than a mile- another right becomes Stagecoach Road. The views approaching the restaurant are awesome- the view of the Cold Spring Bridge is breathtaking.